Matthew Miller

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Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He was a co-host, with Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast for 13 years and authored three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 200 different devices running Palm, Linux, Symbian, Newton, BlackBerry, iOS, Android, webOS, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone operating systems. His current collection includes a Google Pixel 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, LG V60 ThinQ, Google Pixelbook Go, Microsoft Surface Pro 6, and many more, along with plenty of wearables, accessories, and classic devices like the Apple Newton MessagePad 2100 and Sony CLIE UX50. Matthew can be found on various discussion forums under the user name of "palmsolo".

Matthew is a professional naval architect by day and a mobile gadgeteer at all other times. He purchases his own devices and then sells them on Swappa to buy more. Many other devices are sent for review on a typical 30-day or long-term loan basis and then returned to the carrier or manufacturer.

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Image Gallery: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

Image Gallery: Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot

I recently purchased a Verizon Wireless MiFi and then saw that Sprint rolled out a 4G WiMAX network in my local area. I said I wanted a MiFi-like device to access this network and Sprint now has such a device available with their Overdrive device from Sierra Wireless. Sprint also lowered the price to $59.99 per month and if the 4G connection is not available you bounce back to a strong 3G connection. Observed download speeds were easily twice as fast as that seen on the Verizon Wireless MiFi so this looks to be the king of high speed wireless connectivity.

February 1, 2010 by in Telcos

Update: T-Mobile 3G voice and data launches in NY

Update: T-Mobile 3G voice and data launches in NY

I was getting all excited today after reading the rumors that T-Mobile was going to start rolling out its 3G network in New York tomorrow. I contacted my T-Mobile PR person to try to get some confirmation, but never heard anything back except for the continued party line that T-Mobile plans to start rolling out 3G this Summer. The Boy Genius Report posted the depressing news that only voice may be rolled out on T-Mobile's 3G network tomorrow.

April 30, 2008 by in Telcos

MAXroam V2 adds data roaming, US roaming and auto top off for the world traveler

MAXroam V2 adds data roaming, US roaming and auto top off for the world traveler

I recently took a trip to Singapore and I figured the easiest way to accept and make calls from my mobile phone was to use a MAXroam SIM card because I could forward my mobile phone directly to my MAXroam number before leaving the States. You can also buy a pre-paid SIM, but you have no idea what that number is going to be and you can't control/determine/bill the rates easily like you can with the MAXroam SIM. I will most likely be heading back to Singapore again in the next month or two and was very pleased to hear about the latest MAXroam version 2 launch made at TechCrunch50 yesterday.

September 8, 2008 by in Telcos

Sprint and Verizon release Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades for existing devices

Sprint and Verizon release Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrades for existing devices

My neighbor was quite proud to show me his Sprint Touch a few months ago and I have some great news to tell him now as Sprint announced major updates for the Sprint Touch and Mogul earlier today. The update brings Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 and EV-DO Rev. A to the devices (the Mogul already had an EV-DO Rev. A upgrade). Verizon also released a Windows Mobile 6.1 upgrade for the Samsung SGH-i760.

July 21, 2008 by in Telcos

First impressions of the Sprint HTC Touch Diamond

First impressions of the Sprint HTC Touch Diamond

I've had my ups and downs with the early GSM version of the HTC Touch Diamond, but the current ROM is rocking along and performing well. However, it doesn't yet support 3G in the U.S. and is not carried by any carrier. Sprint just announced that the HTC Touch Diamond will be coming later in September with the Touch Pro in October. I was sent an evaluation unit for a couple of weeks and shot a short video to show off some aspects of this newest version of the HTC Touch Diamond. I'll follow up within 2 weeks with some further thoughts and an image gallery of the device.

September 10, 2008 by in Telcos

Sprint announces low cost unlimited everything shared plans

Sprint announces low cost unlimited everything shared plans

Back in February Sprint announced their new Unlimited Everything plan for just under US$100. However, if you wanted to use this with a family plan the cost was significant at US$90, then US$80, etc. for additional lines. In most cases not all phones on the family plan lines need the unlimited minutes and I know from my experiences it would really only be my wife who would need that many minutes. Sprint recognized that some more options were needed at today announced some new very attractive options for family/shared plan consumers.

June 12, 2008 by in Telcos

TouchFLO 3D, FM radio, YouTube and text input methods on the HTC Touch Diamond

TouchFLO 3D, FM radio, YouTube and text input methods on the HTC Touch Diamond

I have now spent 2 full days using the HTC Touch Diamond and the more I use it the more impressed I am with what HTC was able to do with this device. It is amazing to hold it in my hand and think of all that they were able to pack into such a small package, especially when I think of the Windows Mobile devices I was using just a couple years ago. I shot some videos of the TouchFLO 3D interface, Opera Mobile 9.5, FM radio, phone functionality, and available text input methods in three videos embedded below.

June 8, 2008 by in Telcos

Update your Twitter feed by voice with Twitterfone

Update your Twitter feed by voice with Twitterfone

I just received an email from Pat announcing the launch of Twitterfone. Twitterfone is a voice-to-text service that lets you make a call to a number that then posts to your Twitter account. So the next time you are on the road you can place a call and post to Twitter. Now we need a way to have our Twitter feed read to us on the go as well.

May 6, 2008 by in Telcos

Sprint 4G Series: Welcome to the Overdrive

Sprint 4G Series: Welcome to the Overdrive

The new Sprint 4G Series kicks off today with an introduction to the Overdrive and the plan of attack for the next month or so. If you are considering the Overdrive on Sprint, stay tuned for in depth coverage of different areas of using the device in my life.

April 2, 2010 by in Telcos